Christmas Markets And That Productive Buzz

I’ve found my running costume for the Buff Epic Run, a 8km no timed obstacle race later this month! I ran it for the first time last year and played my costume low key. A polite way of saying sh*t/no effort costume. I’ve no idea what the final result will look like. My back up outfit’s non existent. It’s the wrong time of year to be looking for neon 70’s and 80’s workout outfits as my crafting skills could go either way….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I hope you’re having great week. Saturday I met up with my friend, Dahae for coffee/tea though we ended up checking out the Fira de Santa Llucia Christmas market and the nativity scene in Placa Sant Jaume. If like me the nativity’s not your thing, it’s worth checking out. Every year it’s different. You never know if it’ll be leaning traditional or abstract. This year’s snow globes and doesn’t look one bit nativity. The massive Christmas tree on the opposite side of the square’s equally as impressive, though we both agreed at night’s probably the best time to see it.

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We did a little Christmas shopping afterwards. Well I did, she helped as her country doesn’t celebrate Christmas (Thank ya for helping!)! I did a little solo shopping later with the crowds insane for here. I picked up a few items in the Disney store and could just move. I think I lasted 2 more shops then left. Cycling back as soon as I left El Borne and hit the beaches I could feel space opening up and a refreshing dip in temps. Lately cycling back from the shops my baseball cap’s been bugging me. I’m not sure if it’s being in and out of warm shops and wearing a big coat, but cycling without it, feeling the cool air’s been heaven. My hair’s still in a plait or low pony tail under my scarf to prevent the wind drying it out.

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Last Friday my run was a walk run. My legs protested and honestly I didn’t want to run, I wanted to walk. This week and last week’s workouts have extra plyometric moves than normal and I think my legs were plain tired. Plus I haven’t been practicing much yoga as I should have the past few weeks. I think I did just 2, 30min Yogaglo’s in 3 weeks aside from my usual 5-10 minute pre workout flow and even some days they didn’t happen (I’ve been seriously questioning a lot recently where my time actually goes. I’m not working at the moment so it’s not like I haven’t got free time). My whole body felt like a scrunched paper hunchback. Saturday, as always a mix of Tone It Up workouts and opted for a long bike ride Sunday. After Friday’s run I knew a run was out. The wind was in my favour anyways so I was taking advantage of that tail wind all the way back and getting out the city. img_5915

No zoo Sunday as I had to have a honest conversation with myself. It’s easier for me to start things when it’s daylight and work through till late than start when it’s dark out. I could have just made the zoo, rush around it but I’ve been rushing around all week, would have got back when it was dark and I had a huge list to work through. I stayed in and worked my way through most of it. My mind felt so much better getting things done and I even did an hour of yoga! Kathryn Budig’s Firefly Yogaglo  which was what I needed. 3 weeks off practicing was kinda noticeable.

Crossing things of the list, being productive brought me out my funk I’ve been in. It helped me focus and feel aware of how I was feeling. It’s like a high, a happy high! I’ve been trying to ride it this week but I’ve had a few more extra errands to run (40 mins queuing in the post office!) and getting as many Christmas presents as I can before the weekend so I have a shopping free, maybe a little internet shopping weekend as I have a quite a few crafty projects planned. I also want to start resorting out by the KonMari method. I’ve kept on top of the tidiness following her method as much as possible, but it’s time for it’s yearly edit as she recommends. It’s a lighter version of the initial sort out but the place needs it. I can’t recommend her book enough, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. It applies to so many areas of life, ‘does it bring me joy’. I find shopping, I ask myself, does it bring me joy, do I really need it and 9/10 I walk away. The place doesn’t get as cluttered with things I don’t really need and neither does my mind (in theory). Which at the moment needs decluttering. Tidying’s kinda meditative, tedious mediation, but helps sort through the mess physically and mentally freeing up energy. I also feel I didn’t do it 100% properly last time as it got tedious and my end goal not clear enough. 2017 I’m coming for ya!

Do you put things off or tackle them there and then? Does your country hold Christmas Markets?

 

 

13 comments

  1. I love those festive logs. There is a huge Christmas market in Toronto, but the only time I can go on the weekends it’s so jammed pack with crowds. I hate fighting my way through the crowd.

    1. They’re cute! They part of an odd custom. From the 8th kids cover them with blankets and feed them sweets, biscuits (brought in supermarkets individually wrapped. They make a killing on them) until Christmas Eve when they ask it for sweets and presents. If it doesn’t they beat it with a stick saying they’ll make it poo (hence the name caga tio. Caga’s poo)! More info you can find here:http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2013/12/24/feeding_the_poop_log_a_catalan_christmas_tradition.html
      We went when it wasn’t too crowded. When it gets dark it gets busy. I’ve been sometimes and I can hardly move! I went a few years ago to the Winter Wonderland Christmas market in London. It was massive, well organised with directional flow of people but we could hardly move!

    1. No! They, as in kids cover them with a cloth, ‘feed’ in sweets or some sort of biscuits the supermarkets sell loose (all individually wrapped) from the 8th December until Christmas Eve. When if it doesn’t give presents they beat it with a sick (not joking) saying I’ll make you ‘poo’ to give gifts. Then magically it deposits or under the blanket it there’s sweets and presents. They also have the ‘Cagier’, a figurine of a man in traditional Catalan dress with his pants pulled down pooping. It’s hidden in the nativity scene and kids love finding it. I’m not joking, you can check both here Caga Tio http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2013/12/24/feeding_the_poop_log_a_catalan_christmas_tradition.html
      Caganer: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/el-caganer
      Each year as well as the guy in traditional dress there’s football players, politicians etc. This is just what they do in Catalunya!

      1. Yep, they’re a little crazy in the coconut here! They also have leek festivals when leek season starts. Not my thing so don’t know much about that.
        Catalunya’s in the northeast of Spain along the Med sea. Barcelona’s the capital, they have their own language, Catalan and they want independence from Spain, but Spain won’t let them. Kids learn English in school before they start learning Spanish! Obviously they learn Catalan first. I can just understand Catalan, can’t speak it but they’re okay with people speaking Spanish. When we went to Madrid is was odd only seeing signs in Spanish. I’m so used to seeing them in either just in Catalan or Catalan and Spanish. It’s a crazy country 🙂

      2. I reread this one again. I was wondering if Spain associates Christmas with the birth of Jesus or not? I didn’t know how ‘American’ that may be…

      3. I get you. They do, the Spanish Inquisition remember? The Catholic churches is huge here. Most of the public holidays are something to do with religion. Remember though as well, most pagan holidays and rituals were highjacked by the church to convert everybody!

  2. I went to a Christmas market in Shanghai last Saturday. It was a total rip off, I should write about it and vent a bit haha. I also went to one in Suzhou that was better. Both were organized by foreigners.

    1. I wonder how many of the products were Made in China?! I think with the one in London, most of the wooden decorations are made in Germany. Here I’ve no idea!

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